The Child Advocacy Center of Niagara and YWCA of Niagara will bring the Clothesline Project to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center from April 14-18.
A visual display of shirts with graphic messages and illustrations designed by women survivors of violence or someone who loves them, the Clothesline Project celebrates survivors and provides an avenue for women to courageously break the silence that often surrounds their experiences.
The concept is simple: Women tell their stories in their own way, using words and artwork to decorate a shirt. Once finished, they hang their shirt on the clothesline. This action serves as an educational tool for those who view the clothesline and can promote healing for those who create a shirt.
Different colored shirts represent different kinds of violence. Posters describing the meaning of each color will be posted around the clothesline. Sponsoring organizations hope the display will raise awareness during Child Abuse Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, both of which are observed in April.
The Child Advocacy Center of Niagara, a service of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, is a countywide resource providing a place for a multi-disciplinary team of law enforcement, social services, prosecution, and medical and mental health personnel to investigate allegations of child abuse in a child-friendly environment. For more information, visit www.cacofniagara.org.